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This seminar/series will focus in on the historical, societal, and cultural context of the Islamic faith, centering in on North Africa and the region of the central Middle East. It will analyze the world of Mohamed in order to better understand the phenomenon that allowed for the development of faith in the 7th Century AD. The foundations of faith, architecture of faith, and sectarian nature of Islam will also be discussed. From there, one will trace the spiritual and political development of Islam within the framework of Arabic and N. African culture as the religion took root and grew. Finally, one will look at the impact of Islamic Arabic life on the modern world, and how its relationship with the western world has evolved.

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